I've been suffering from bad periods, bowel issues and everyday pain since I was 14 (8 years!). 6 years ago my amazing GP told me my symptoms weren't psychosomatic (can I hear a hallelujah?) and said I most likely had endometriosis. I was referred to the gynae at my local hospital, and made to look a complete fool. I was 'too young' and 'just feeling the pressures of school life' and discharged. When I was 19 my pain got even worse, I was at uni and spent most of my days at home rather than learning with my friends. I wanted answers! I was referred back to the gynae and she finally gave into my pleadings for a laparoscopy. Nothing was found; she told me whilst I was coming round from anaesthetic, refused to have a nurse there, and refused to see either my ma or myself afterwards. She discharged me with no further treatment. I was heartbroken, not only did I have no faith in her, but she made me feel like I'd wasted her time.
The pain worsened. I'd finished uni and got a job. Credit to them, they've been fabulous - they couldn't care less about my illnesses, just that I'm okay. Pretty rare this day and age. After changing GPs, my new Dr was concerned about my level of pain and didn't think twice when I asked him if he would refer me to a private consultant. My consultant has been amazing! From the 24th October (my first consultancy appointment) to now I have had my laparoscopy and burnt off moderate endometriosis - which, not surprisingly, has been there for more than three years! It's such a relief! I needed to know I wasn't mad, and that it was endo. I've received such good care! Unlike my two incisions the first time he had to do four to get rid of most of it. He had to leave one bit because it was too close to my bowel.
I wrote this to get it off my chest, and also for those ladies who are so disheartened by their first laparoscopy results. I'm not saying that you have to go private, as I know it's not an option for everyone. But it's more to encourage you to find someone you trust will help you regardless of the outcome. It's so easily missed, even when it's moderate. Keep fighting! And even though the dark days of relentless agony do rear their ugly head; you must stay positive. Not for your family, friends, partners... But for yourself. You, above anyone, deserve all the happiness in the world. Keep smiling you beautiful ladies!